Jose Antonio Vargas

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Date of Birth February 3, 1981
Place of Birth Philippines
Age 39 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist. Born in the Philippines and raised in the United States from the age of twelve, he was part of The Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2008 for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting online and in print. Vargas has also worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Daily News, and The Huffington Post. He wrote, produced, and directed the autobiographical 2013 film, Documented, which CNN Films broadcast in June 2014. In a June 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine, Vargas revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an effort to promote dialogue about the immigration system in the U.S. and to advocate for the DREAM Act, which would provide children in similar circumstances with a path to citizenship.

Born: February 03, 1981, Antipolo, Philippines
Alma mater: San Francisco State University (BA)
Occupation: Journalist, filmmaker, activist
Organization: Define American
Awards: Pulitzer Prize, The Sidney Award, Freedom to Write award
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About Jose Antonio Vargas

Most well known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings of April 2007, he is also notable for his work for The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Daily News, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Before Fame

While attending the political science and African-American studies programs at San Francisco State University, he became a summer intern for The Washington Post. Following his college graduation, he covered video game news for the Post and wrote and produced an HIV epidemic-themed documentary film titled The Other City.


He became an immigration activist after discovering during his high school years that, contrary to what he had previously believed, he did not possess U.S. permanent resident status.

Family Life

He spent the first twelve years of his life in Antipolo, Philippines, and the remainder of his youth in Mountain View, California.


In 2010, he penned a New Yorker profile of Facebook C.E.O. and founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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  • LGBT writers from the Philippines
  • Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting winners
  • LGBT journalists from the United States
  • The Washington Post people
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  • San Francisco State University alumni
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